Washingtonians could soon be spending less for insulin. A new bill to lower insulin costs has been introduced by Sen. Karen Keiser, D-Des Moines, prior to the beginning of the 2022 legislative session. Senate Bill 5546 would put a $35 price cap on a 30-day supply of the life-saving drug for diabetic patients in Washington. Read more here.Read More
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We are proud to announce the recipients of Food Lifeline’s 2021 Legislative Awards! These awards are given to state lawmakers who have made significant contributions to food justice in Washington. Our partnership with elected officials is critical to advancing our mission of feeding people experiencing hunger today, while working to end hunger for tomorrow. With sincere appreciation, we present the 2021 ...Read More
A former Apple Inc employee who had filed a whistleblower complaint related to Apple's use of non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) has inspired draft legislation in Washington state that seeks to restrict companies' use of NDAs in settlements of workplace harassment and discrimination claims.
The measure comes ...Read More
Last month, Gov. Gavin Newsom of California signed a bill to expand protections for people who speak up about discrimination in the workplace.
A new website arrived to offer tech workers advice on how to come forward about mistreatment by their employers.
And Apple responded to a shareholder ...Read More
By Karen Keiser and Emily Randall Special to The Times You often hear that a college degree is the only path to secure high-wage, high-skill employment. But that’s not how it has to be. We could build a system that opens the door to a successful future for so many more Washingtonians. With more than 20,000 apprentices enrolled in registered state apprenticeships in ...Read More
By Karen Keiser and Mike Sells / For The Herald We have heard a lot of talk about “essential workers” over the past year, as we depend on people whose work cannot be done remotely; tens of thousands of workers braving all hazards to keep our medical system functioning, our pantries full of food, and our buses moving. Our reaction in the ...Read More
Washington State Sen. Karen Keiser (D-Des Moines) was the principal sponsor of the new law. “We are looking at a bit of an economic rebound,” Keiser said, “so that will help, because the Microsofts and Amazons and Costcos of the world are still paying their premiums as normal.” Keiser said the new law will also raise the state’s minimum unemployment benefit, ...Read More
State lawmakers grilled aides to state Auditor Pat McCarthy at a hearing Thursday, questioning the auditor’s actions related to a massive data breach affecting 1.3 million Washingtonians. The questions and criticism zeroed in on whether McCarthy’s office should have disclosed the breach of a third-party file-hosting vendor sooner, and whether the auditor should have amassed so much personal ...Read More
State lawmakers probing the massive data breach at state Auditor Pat McCarthy’s office say they’re frustrated with ongoing secrecy surrounding the incident, which exposed personal information of at least 1.3 million Washingtonians. Three state senators who have pressed for details about the breach say the auditor’s office has conditioned private briefings on a confidentiality agreement, meaning they cannot share all ...Read More
Fed up with a lack of federal action to lower prescription drug costs, state legislators around the country are pushing bills to penalize drugmakers for unjustified price hikes and to cap payment at much-lower Canadian levels. "If we waited for Congress, we'd have moss on our backs," said Washington state Sen. Karen Keiser, a Democrat who sponsored the state's bill to ...Read More